I just watched a highlights reel of Milner and a couple assists were with his left foot - not a majority. A little pedantic, but it wasn't my point anyway. I never said he cannot cross with his left. I said he doesn't fancy doing it - whether due to his lack of ability, opportunity, willingness to try (due to perceived or a real lack of pace/ability/confidence) or combination of the 3, it arrives at a similar issue - being the difference in play style and reduced threat on the left when he's there. I don't want any player who can't get into similar positions for any reason (whether it's lack of left-footed crosses, pace or willingness) deputising for Robbo. As you say, Milner does a different job, but our full-backs are such weapons/threats I believe we need a player with a similar skill set who can do the same job (not to be confused with doing as good a job as Robbo).We have been over Milner and his left foot sooo many times it's almost boring now.
No way can I go along with this statement above.
It is a problem for Milner to get into those crossing positions on the left due to his lack of speed hence having to use guile by using payers inside and hoping for a dope to miss his movement. However he has shown when given the opportunity he can cross with his left or right foot from the left.
So no he is not like Robbo on the left but he is capable of doing a good but different job.
That doesn't mean we shouldn't be looking for other options just that it's not as pressing as to panic, yet.
There have been times when the majority of Milners assists have been made with his left foot so not fancying crossing with his left foot is nonsense. As the player inside him is Mané, Keita or Wijnaldum I really don't see what the problem is with him passing the ball that way is as Robbo himself often does it as well.
Part of what makes City such a deadly team is their style does not change when a player or two is/are out because the players replacing them are of similar skill set and ability. They are incredibly consistent. That's the consistency we need if we want to build a league winning dynasty.